George Clooney made his tongue tremble as he confirmed a long-standing rumor he had already given his 14 closest friends $ 1 million in cash this week – leaving everyone wondering who was on the list.
Rande Gerber, Clooney’s closest friend, has previously confirmed that he received the gift, which he said was given at a dinner party at Clooney’s with a band known only as “The Boys.” “.
Neither Rande nor Clooney have ever given the names of the men on this list, saying only that these are the men who helped the star make his Hollywood debut and supported him throughout his career.
But a photo of Clooney’s wedding can offer a compelling clue. It is shown Clooney and his new wife Amal posing alongside 13 other men in matching tuxedos with Rande just above George’s right shoulder.
Curb Your Enthusiasm actor Richard Kind, retired actor Tommy Hinkley and actor-director Grant Heslov, all known to be close friends of Clooney, are also included in the plan.
George Clooney has not revealed the identity of “The Boys” – 14 close friends he has confirmed to have given $ 1 million. But this photo of her wedding may give some clues. It shows Clooney alongside some of his best friends. They are: 1) David Sagal, 2) John Lambros, 3) Richard Kind, 4) Michael Heslov, 5) Tommy Hinkley, 6) Ben Weiss, 7) Grant Heslov, 8) Thom Mathews, 9) Waldo Sanchez, 10) Rande Gerber, 11) Matt Adler, 12) Steve Lukather, 13) Miguel Ferrer
‘They have helped me when I needed help over the years’: GQ Man of the Year George Clooney, 59, confirmed long-standing rumor in an interview with the publication
Also in the frame are Friends director Ben Weiss, Friday the 13th actor Thom Mathews, makeup artist Waldo Sanchez, David Sagal, brother of Sons of Anarchy actress Katey Sagal, and Michael Heslov, Grant’s brother. .
John Lambros, husband of model Karen Duffy; 80s teenage film actor Matt Adler; Toto guitarist Steve Lukather; and Robocop actor Miguel Ferrer are also pictured.
Clooney told GQ he decided to donate the money soon after he got a bigger than expected salary from the 2013 film Gravity, wanting to thank the men who have helped him the most in life.
At the time, he was single and had no plans to have a family – although he had just met Amal, whom he would marry a year later on the exact date of the cash gift, the 27th. September.
The actor remembers thinking, “What I have are these guys who, over a period of 35 years, have all helped me in one way or another.”
“I thought, you know, without them I have none of that. And we’re all really close, and I just thought if I get hit by a bus, they’re all in the will.
“So why the hell am I waiting to be hit by a bus?”
Explaining how he pulled it off, Clooney said he went to a place in Los Angeles where it was possible to get “giant silver pallets” – without explaining where he was or how he got there. learned of the existence of such a place.
The cover star added, “I had never been in a position where someone else’s life was infinitely more important to me than mine”
Driving a rental van with “Florist” written on the side, the actor collected $ 14 million in cash and drove it home with his assistant and two “fucking” security guards.
Back home, he packed $ 1 million – which he said “isn’t as much as you think, in terms of weight” – in 14 Tumi suitcases and invited his friends over.
When they arrived, Clooney had them sit in front of a map with all the places he had been and all the things he had seen because of them marked on it.
“How do you pay people like that?” He remembers telling them, before adding, “And a million dollars?
Gerber, who first spoke about the scheme in 2017, said he initially refused to take Clooney’s money – so the actor came up with a clever scheme to force his hand.
“If Rande doesn’t take the million, nobody gets it,” the actor told them.
However, not all members of “The Boys” were doing so well back then.
“One worked in a Texas bar at the airport, just trying to support his family, commutes to work by bike every day,” Gerber explained.
“I mean, these guys took care of George and now he’s giving it all back.
Gerber – who is worth around $ 400 million after selling a tequila business he founded with Clooney and Meldman as part of a billion dollar deal – revealed he donated his own gift to charity.
Thinking back to the case now, Clooney said, “I was like, ‘I’m never going to get married. I’m not going to have children ”, I’m going to work, I have good friends, my life is full, I’m fine.
“And I didn’t know how empty it was until I met Amal. And then everything changed. And I was like, “Oh, actually, that’s been a huge empty space”… ”added Brad Pitt and Cindy Crawford’s friend.
“I had never been in a situation where someone else’s life was infinitely more important to me than mine. And then nail on two other individuals, which are small and must be fed …
George also reflected on his acting career and said, “The only way to honestly talk about things is to include yourself and your shortcomings in those things.
Help: When the Ocean’s Eleven actor wondered how he could repay his friends, he said, “What about a million dollars? “; seen here in a photo from the ’80s sitcom The Facts of Life
Lucky Friends: Clooney gave 14 of his friends $ 1 million each in cash. Seen here with Rande Gerber, partner of Casamigos
Retrospective: the actor said that “without them I have none of this”; he is seen with Rande, Cindy Crawford, Mike Meldman and his wife Amal in 2015
“Like, when I say Batman & Robin is a terrible movie, I always say, ‘I was terrible in it. Because I was.
“But also because then that lets you say, ‘Having said that I sucked it in, I can also say that none of those other things worked either. You know? “”
George said he moved behind the camera because he didn’t want his age to force him out of the movie industry he adores so much.
He said: “I love this company. And I also don’t want to be 60 and worry about what a casting director or a young producer or studio director thinks of me. I wanted to be involved.
“The staging is the painter. Playing, writing, you know, it’s the paintings.
George also addressed the verdict of Breonna Taylor in her home state of Kentucky.
He said: ‘I can not believe. There isn’t even a manslaughter charge for a woman who was lying in bed and was shot.
Rubbing his eyes, he continued, “Imagine if it was three black officers and they knocked on the door of a white person’s house and shot and killed the woman, the woman, in bed. Imagine that.
“F *** ing ridiculous. You know, it’s just maddening.
He said he hoped the protests in his home state would remain peaceful at the time, and added, “You know, they’re talking about looting and stuff. Well, there have been a huge number of black bodies that have been looted over 400 years.
George also spoke of let other people, like Chrissy Teigen, handle the trolls now. He said: ‘I enjoy watching Chrissy Teigen a lot more. Someone walks into their world and you say, “Oh, I wouldn’t do that, man. “
‘It’s so much fun. Like someone who thinks he’s really smart, and you just say, “Ugh, man. You brought a knife to a shootout. ”
The December issue of GQ is now available.